Friday, October 19, 2007
Die Swart Luiperd
I found this digest-sized photo-novel (comic book format but B+W photos with word bubbles) featuring the cat-masked "Swart Luiperd" at the recent NYC Collectable Paperback & Pulp Fiction Expo (which was great BTW, but I was too busy digging through boxes and juggling want lists to blog it properly).
There was a huge stack of digests featuring this character going at least back into the 40s, and spanning a number of popular children's genres (jungle adventure, western, mystery, etc).
Here's a few page spreads:
Die Swart Luiperd 1
Die Swart Luiperd 2
Die Swart Luiperd 3
I can't pinpoint the language and I can't find anything about the character. Seems like he was in the Zorro, Phantom tradition (though he may have flirted with super-crime--like Diabolik and Kriminal--at low points in his career).
The publication data isn't very legible but it seems to be South African in origin "Republikeinse Pers...Suidkuswegg 1322...Republikeinse Nousagenentskap, Empirewegverlenging S. Aucklandpark, Johannesburg".
Anyone know more about the character?